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Virus causes surge in WW II references, but is it merited?

Updated : March 25, 2020 02:07 PM IST

Do the World War II comparisons really hold up, or is it just a convenient metaphor? Here’s a look at the connections between the two eras — and the fundamental differences as well.
In World War II, 3 per cent of the world’s population died; of an estimated 2.3 billion people, 85 million perished.
With a current global populace of some 7.7 billion, a similar death toll from the pandemic would mean 231 million dead.
Virus causes surge in WW II references, but is it merited?

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